The BYOD Experiment

In theory, a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for students should be a good idea. Although, the more I think about it, the less I’m sure I even agree with that. We’ve been BYOD for about five years (I’ve only been here for three), and it just isn’t working.

Teachers don’t know what devices students are going to have with them (Mac, PC, Chromebook, iPad, iPhone, Android), so they can’t effectively prepare for using technology in their classroom. So what do they do? They rarely use technology in their classroom.

Students inevitably end up bringing phones as their device, which leads them to playing games or sending iMessages or using Snapchat during class. Up until I blocked it on the network, we had a Fortnite epidemic on our hands.

So what are we going to do about it? I have some plans to turn things around.

One thing is for sure. It’s going to be a busy summer.